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Ambitious new proposals for student flats near Preston’s university

Posted on - 23rd January, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Housing, Preston News, Redevelopment, UCLan, University
The proposed Size House flats as seen from the corner of Moor Lane and Castle Street
The proposed Size House flats as seen from the corner of Moor Lane and Castle Street

The latest large-scale student accommodation development has been tabled for Moor Lane.

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Sizer House near the university campus is set to be demolished to make way for a 425-bedroom block of flats, with room for 436 students.

David Cox Architects have tabled the proposals on behalf of Manchester-based Pillars Sizer Ltd, close to the University of Central Lancashire’s Preston campus.

Set over four to fix floors the flats would include a gum, prayer room, two roof terraces and a library.

Two shops or cafe spaces would be included in the ground floor facing into Moor Lane.

The flats as seen from the corner of Moor Lane and Ashmoor Street
The flats as seen from the corner of Moor Lane and Ashmoor Street

Sizer House is currently used by the university as office space but is due to be vacated in the coming months.

Read more: Watch as final beams swung into place on UCLan’s new engineering centre

The architects plans show how they want to incorporate Preston’s heritage and history into the design – with a statue for R2:D2 in memory of actor Kenny Baker within the courtyard and interior designs to reference the Bash Street Kids created by Preston cartoonist Leo Baxendale.

We love it when developers include roof terraces - because Preston has the exact climate for it!
We love it when developers include roof terraces – because Preston has the exact climate for it!

Moor Lane already has substantial student accommodation with IQ Preston and Sanctuary Moor Lane Halls on the opposite side of the road.

Last year the city council gave the go-ahead to Innovation House – a major development just to the south of Innovation House.

And Canterbury Halls, near The Unicorn pub, is due to be complete by August this year.

How the new flats would look along Moor Lane at night
How the new flats would look along Moor Lane at night

David Cox Architects say the university’s continued growth – as it redevelops the Preston campus – means there is an requirement for more accommodation.

They state: “The implementation of the development will benefit the university and the city as a whole.

“The university has been consulted on these proposals both from the point of view of the amount of accommodation and the integration of the scheme into their masterplan.”

Read more: Latest stage of UCLan’s Preston campus masterplan is approved

The full proposals can be seen on the Preston City Council website and comments can be left there.

What do you think about the changing face of Moor Lane? Let us know your views on the proposals in the comments below

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